A couple of years ago a good friend in Cornwall gave us some self-set Tree Ferns, Dicksonia antarctica. They were all small. This is the largest specimen, though as you can see, the trunk has only grown to around 8in tall. We grew a variety of tree ferns for around 10 years, all in sheltered positions. Then a few sharp winters decimated them all, as happened at RHS Rosemoor, just down the lanes.
Tucked away among our thousands of trees is a Hermitage where Simon the Hermits lives. When approached he’s a friendly chap and will cheerfully show you round his Hermitage and adjacent Shell Grotto. Having lived in the valley at Bocombe, as he says “since before time began”, he’s very knowledgeable about the Mystery of St Bocombe, and the rest of the world!
Visit the gardens at Bocombe Mill Cottage to explore what many an Estate owner in the 18th century paid handsomely for – a live Hermit! Check Simon out here,